WHAT TO HARVEST
Apples, Chillies, Kale, Limes, Passionfruit, Paw Paws, Pears, Spinach, Spring Onions, Sweet Potatoes
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Botanical name: Narcissus
Daffodils are easy! They like plenty of sun and a well-drained soil. Plant as many as space permits because daffodils are a great bulb for lazy gardeners. If after four or five years you notice that your daffodil bulbs are producing lots of foliage but not many flowers, your bulbs may have multiplied and be suffering from overcrowding. Simply fork them up, shake off the loose soil, put them in a cool and airy spot, maybe in the garage, and replant in autumn. Perfect! Tip: Feed Daffodils with complete fertiliser, like Organic Xtra, when the flowers are open, as this feeds the bulb for the following year’s flower.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Pasture dieback is a poorly understood condition that only affects grasses, as scientific research is still clueless as to what is causing it.
Graziers are planting legumes as a stop gap approach between healthy and affected areas whilst engaging in paddock renovation activities.
As grasslands usually have bacteria dominated food webs, Organic Booster particularly through the cold winter months is broadcasted at rates of 900 – 1200 kg / hectare as it is not only bacteria rich but also contains bacterial food.
Treated pastures will have increased root system density and greatly improved plant vigour mainly through microbial action.
WHAT TO PLANT
Tropical – Amaranthus, California poppy, Petunia, Phlox, Snapdragon, Sunflower, Verbena, Zinnia
Sub Tropical / Cool/Temperate– Alyssum, Begonia, Calendula, Dahlia, Gomphrena, Marigold, Pansy, Spider Flower, Straw Flower, Sweet Pea, Viola
SOIL AND LAWN UPDATE
PUMP UP YOUR SOIL HEALTH
The secret to great gardens is getting your soil right. It should drain properly, be well dug and contain plenty of organic matter. Turn generous amounts of Organic Xtra through the soil in new garden beds, to build a soil that is teeming with microbes, worms and beneficial organisms. You will be all set to make the most of the fabulous Spring growing weather! Don’t forget to START APPLYING MULCH to help garden beds conserve moisture over summer, and to retard weeds. The best mulches are organic ones such as lucerne hay and sugar cane mulch.
PROGRESS IN YOUR VEGGIE PATCH
September is a peak planting month if you want to capitalise on the relatively mild conditions of spring and early summer to produce a wide variety of fruit and vegetable crops. Things will become more difficult in the punishing conditions of mid-summer. Be careful though, it is tempting to get carried away when you see the variety of seeds and seedlings available in the garden centres. Most fruit and vegetables need a constant supply of moisture to do well, so consider your ability to keep the water up to your patch over the coming months. With the weather warming up, pests also become much more active, so try and keep ahead of the game with respect to prevention and control measures.